Icon 131: Factories 04.04.14

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Icon 131: Factories

In our Factories issue, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby (our cover stars) talk to Icon about In the Making, the exhibition they have curated at the Design Museum in which they interrupt the production process to show us everyday objects in their unfinished state.

And young British designer Josh Bitelli, who is fascinated by factories, explains how working in an industrial bakery in Sussex helped him create his series of ceramic vessels.

After a century of decline, we're used to gloomy stories about the state of British industry, but manufacturing still accounts for about a tenth of the British economy and the UK is the 11th biggest producer in the world. In this issue we visit the mill in Yorkshire that produced 1.5 million metres of cloth for Danish textile brand Kvadrat last year. And we see inside the recently Herman Miller factory in Bath, a high-tech "Action Factory" designed by Nicholas Grimshaw in the 1970s and still in use today.

Up front: our preview of Milan Furniture Fair and Clerkenwell Design Week. There's O'Donnell + Tuomey in London, Haworth Tompkins' new Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, glass furniture by Konstantin Grcic, Steven Holl's new building for the Glasgow School of Art, and highlights of Design Shanghai.

This month's design report brings you 24pp of the latest designs from Italy.

And in Review: The Lego Movie, three centuries of Ruin Lust, Britain's housing disaster, Richard Hamilton – the father of British Pop Art, and the life and times of anarchist architect Colin Ward.

FEATURES:

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby: In The Making

Josh Bitelli

Raf Simmons for Kvadrat

Action Factory by Nicholas Grimshaw

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